Maplehurst Farm (4.5/5.0)http://www.maplehurstweddings.com/ 18495 Dike Road Mount Vernon, Washington 98273 (360) 708-0718
Hillcrest Park (4.5/5.0) $550 per day +deposithttp://www.mountvernonwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=297 1717 South 13th Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274 indoor and outdoor facilities.
Squalicum Boathouse at Zuanich Point Park (no reviews) $1050 +deposit
Bellingham, WA 98225
Wandering waters/Mt Baker weddings (no reviews)
Swans trail farm (4.3/5.0)indoor Capacity 250 7301 Rivershore Rd. Snohomish, WA 98290 http://www.swanstrailfarms.com/
Broadway Hall (4.0/5.0) $1300 +depositindoor Capacity 175 1300 Broadway
Bellingham, WA 98225
Melody Hall (2.0/5.0) $500 +deposit
Creative Wedding Ideas
Here are a bunch of creative ideas for your wedding, I am constantly adding to the list of ideas, as i take photos of more and more weddings. I also appreciate input on helping this list grow.
If it rains on your wedding day, collect it and keep it in a fancy bottle.
Guest signing stones, instead of a traditional guest book.
Paper flowers. Look up directions online on how to make them, but don’t just use plane white paper use text. Maybe even print off a ton of poetry on them.
A bubble send off. If its at night use sparklers. Be sure to warn your photographer in advance this happens quick and can easily be missed. Not to mention camera settings need to be changed and maybe a little set up as well. Because its hard to focus through bubbles, and sparklers are tricky and may require a tripod and a flash.
A fancy flowered isle
The Wedding party app. This is a free mobile app for iPhone and Android. It allows your friends to upload all their photos of you two in on place, and share seamlessly via their phone or computer. Photos are chronological so there is a timeline of photos from the engagement to the wedding day. https://www.weddingpartyapp.com/
They each held a shoe, one from him and one from her. Their friends asked them questions like “who is the better looking” or “who is most likely to…” and without seeing eachother held up the “proper” shoe. Its best played asking questions that will get him in trouble. 🙂
Beautiful custom sand mixing jar. This is one of my favorite things couples do for their wedding. Its symbolic because, the sand can never be unmixed. And their vows can never be unspoken.
Here is a bunch of popsical sticks with date ideas for the bride and groom.
Trash the dress, because when will you ever wear it again?
How Do You Get Great Romantic Engagement Photos?
Romance is a very hard thing to capture for a photographer, the few ideas here can help. Above all else you have to act natural, don’t focus on the camera, focus on your fiance and think about how happy you are with him or her. But smiling makes it playful, so you want to be at happy medium between smiling and no expression, its more of a smile with just your eyes. Follow these quick tips and you’ll be well on your way to making romantic engagement photos.
One way to look natural is to keep relaxed hands when you drape them over your partner etc. Awkward or tense hands is the #1 way to make a photo not look natural.
It’s not always good to have your eyes open, when you close them, its as if you two are sharing a moment. (see above)
Remember a “romantic photo” instantly disappears when you look at the camera.
Location is important as well another requirement for a romantic photo is that there should be no other people present, though shooting with a long (zoom) lens is a great way to do this in a somewhat crowded area.
Kissing Tips for Romantic Engagement Photos
You don’t want to smile, once again this makes the photo more playful than romantic, keep your face and lips relaxed
Try not to tilt your head too much, so the photographer can get a view of both your faces from the side, it may seem a little odd at first but the photos will be well worth a couple of squashed noses.
Great Poses for Romantic Engagement Photos
Dips these can be a bit tricky to learn, it may be worth your while to practice if front of a mirror over carpet to get these down just right. Here is an decent resource for learning to dip.
Sitting down in the grass, Generally the girl in front sitting in a relaxed comfortable way.
Most any pose for it to have romantic engagement photo elements will need some sort of interaction between you two and eyes closed and/or pointed away from the camera.
Best Lighting and Time
In Bellingham we have been “blessed” with being the most cloudy place in the US if its not raining this is actually great for photography all day long! But if it is in fact a sunny day, during the day is good generally in the shade, it can be tricky but not impossible to get great photos outside at in direct sunlight even at noon. But the most ideal time is near sunset it is referred to as the magic hour, it is the time an hour before sunset. it is also a great time to get silhouette shots. So when planning a time for photography keep these factors in mind. One more thing to think about if you are planning to take photos in the woods it is best to do it in the evening so the sun isn’t making harsh white spots in the photos as it shines strait down through the leaves.